Wednesday, 24 July 2024

Textile Details

'La Cueca Sola / Dancing Cueca alone', Anonymous. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)
'La Cueca Sola / Dancing Cueca alone', Anonymous. (Photo: Martin Melaugh)


Title of Textile:La Cueca Sola / Dancing Cueca alone
Maker: Anonymous
Country of Origin: Chile
Year Produced: 1989
Size (cm): 47cm x 37cm
Materials: Scraps of material hand sewn onto burlap
Type of Textile: Arpillera

Here we see women solo dancing the Cueca, Chile’s national dance, which represents the different emotions and stages of romance. Traditionally it is danced in pairs and is a colourful, joyful performance. These women dance alone, with sombre expression, dressed in severe black and white, wearing the image of their “disappeared” loved one over their heart. Performing the national dance in this manner was their way of denouncing the government’s actions in a public space.

Their courage, defiance and creativity has inspired people all over the world. The Sting song “They dance alone” was based on it and has been performed by many other singers.

Owner: Oshima Hakko Museum collection, Japan
Location: Oshima Hakko Museum, Japan
Original / Replica: Original
Photographer: Martin Melaugh
Provenance: Oshima Hakko Museum, Japan.

Textile exhibited at: COSIENDO PAZ: Conflicto, Arpilleras, Memoria , 26/03/2015 - 30/09/2015
COSIENDO PAZ: Conflicto, Arpilleras, Memoria, 8/10/2015 - 4/04/2016
COSIENDO PAZ: Conflicto, Arpilleras, Memoria , 13/04/2016 - 12/06/2016
Stitched Voices / Lleisiau wedi eu Pwytho, 25/03/2017 - 13/05/2017
Stitched Voices: Knowing conflict through textiles, 17/11/2017 - 20/12/2017
Stitched Voices - textila berättelse om politisk våld och motstånd , 29/08/2018 - 21/04/2019
Embracing Human Rights, 5/11/2019 - 18/12/2019
Embracing Human Rights: Conflict Textiles’ Journey, 9/01/2020 - 31/07/2020
Following the footsteps of the disappeared, 30/08/2020 - 30/08/2021
Nonviolence in Action: Antimilitarism in the 21st Century, 24/03/2021 - 31/12/2021
Conflict Textiles collection: McClay Library, Queen's University, Belfast, 24/03/2021 - 1/06/2023
Documentation / Imagination / Creativity - formats of presenting conflict, 21/05/2021 - 21/05/2021
Following the Footsteps of the Disappeared 2021, 31/08/2021 - 20/12/2021
Waking the Land, 11/07/2023 - 11/07/2023

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